Chinese horoscopes foresee happy — and hoppy — Year of the Rabbit ahead 

The Year of the Rabbit promises to bring some much-needed peace and tranquility. If you are like most people, you probably feel like you were on a roller coaster in 2010, the Year of the Tiger. That will generally not be the case in 2011, as the Rabbit is everything the Tiger is not.

“Let there be peace — and let it begin with me” is the Rabbit motto. The Tiger makes waves, but the Rabbit mends fences. Diplomacy reigns. If you want to improve your chances of success, negotiate and cooperate rather than force your ideas on others. If last year the emphasis was on excitement, it’s now is on harmony.

The Rabbit is also very much about good taste and refinement. That said, self-indulgence is another Rabbit theme. By all means, go to the theater, spend time at the spa and patronize those great restaurants you love. On the other hand, be careful about not overdoing it. And you can bet the Rabbit will put lots of temptation in front of you.

This is especially true if you belong to the Rabbit’s group, that is, if your sign is Rabbit, Sheep or Pig. These, however, are the people most likely to have a great year. If you are one of these signs, make an extra effort to follow your dreams, seize opportunities, and enjoy the moment.

Other signs with excellent prospects this year include the Ox, Tiger, Snake and Dog. Those that might want to hold back a bit include the Rat, Horse, Monkey and Rooster.

Active people who are always on the go are likely to be unhappy with the Rabbit’s leisurely pace. They might find themselves in trouble if they try to move faster than the prevailing one. The Tiger, being the Yang to the Rabbit’s Yin, can still do well by modifying its style. This year the cautious, slow-but-sure approach is likely to win the day more than charging ahead.

What to do in a peaceful year? Education, for one. Leisurely travel is encouraged. Pursuing your hobbies is a very Rabbit thing to do and will bring you many happy moments.

The Rabbit should give most of us an opportunity to pause and catch our breath after a hectic 2010. It’s a time for peacemakers to shine. But it will have a metallic edge to it. From time to time, aggressiveness will suddenly materialize and disrupt the peace. For those who revel in a slow pace, however, it promises to be a most enjoyable time.

Rabbit

Timid, attractive and extremely popular. Compassionate, sentimental, sweet, sensitive, delicate, contemplative.
Years: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

CAREER: Burning the midnight oil could help you get that promotion you’ve been striving for, or you might think of the next big thing. Make a case for yourself to your boss. You might be the only one around who can do the job.
RELATIONSHIPS: This year might find you settling down and cozying up for the long haul. If you’re attached, relationships could move into more stable territory. Still single? You might meet a partner with serious lasting potential.
HEALTH: Feeling spunkier than usual? A renewed sense of vigor might make you feel more alive in the coming months. Lead by example and promote your healthy lifestyle.
WEALTH: Your creative genius is probably an untapped money-maker. What can you do this year to turn your talent into a profit? You might have to step out of your comfort zone to start a new venture, but luck is on your side.
TRAVEL: If you’re true to your sign, you’re probably more of a homebody. However, traveling might be good for you. Now might be your time to explore. Put it on your calendar now so you have something exciting to look forward to.

Dragon

Powerful and lucky. Brash, energetic, giving, intelligent, tenacious, charismatic, influential.
Years: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

CAREER: It’s not impossible for you to make strides in your work, but they’ll require a hefty amount of effort. Can you stick things out at your current job? Do you have friends and family who could help? Tap into your network.
RELATIONSHIPS: Are you questioning your compatibility with your partner? It might seem like your differences outweigh what’s good. Don’t make any sudden movements. Spend time alone to evaluate what’s going on.
HEALTH: You might feel the wrath of mood swings this year. Are there ways you can prevent the blues? Get plenty of rest, exercise and proper nutrition. Take up physical activity and get yourself on a regular schedule.
WEALTH: Don’t take huge risks this year when it comes to your finances. Stay steady. Your prospects might be fairly good but some expenses could pop up too. Save some money for emergencies and spend only what you have.
TRAVEL: The common Dragon loves an adventure. Plan your summer vacation well ahead of time. Put some money away now so you don’t have to worry about cash when you come back. Take a journey into the unknown.

Snake

Diplomatic and popular. Sensual, gregarious, intuitive, savvy, philosophical, cautious, generous, genteel.
Years: 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

CAREER: You might have to suddenly change directions. Perhaps your job title will expand. This might be an opportunity for something better. Trust that your path will unfold regardless of your confusion.
RELATIONSHIPS: If you’re attached, you might enjoy the quiet comforts of home more than usual this year. If you’re single, you might meet the yin to your yang in a new partner. Others will be drawn in to your home like a moth to the flame.
HEALTH: The Rabbit is a bit of a hypochondriac, so don’t mistake stress or fatigue for something worse. Make sure you eat right and get plenty of rest. Take care of your mental and physical health — the two are connected.
WEALTH:Your business savvy might help you negotiate some good deals in the financial department. Use your Snake charm with some common sense to get the best bargains and negotiate for large purchases.
TRAVEL: Get a taste of something new. Plan a trip with friends or family — make sure you have the funds stored away in advance. If you can’t make it out of the country, go somewhere closer to indulge your senses.

Horse

Energetic and nomadic. Seductive, witty, scintillating, impatient, self-reliant, hard working, whimsical.
Years: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

CAREER: Are you feeling like a workhorse yet? Make sure you’re taking plenty of breaks. This year might require some more stick-to-it than normal. Even if you can’t see it yet, you’re building something important.
RELATIONSHIPS: You have to run free. But is this affecting your relationships? This year might challenge you to finally make a commitment. Don’t give up who you are, but think about meeting your mate in the middle this year.
HEALTH: The Rabbit’s influence might bring your mood down a bit. While you yearn to gallop at lightning speed, this year’s animal is a bit of a burrower. Be cautious about falling into bouts of depression if things don’t go your way.
WEALTH: Try to curb your impulsive tendencies this year. Financial challenges could pop up quickly. Focus on long-term goals. What sacrifices can you make now that might help your cash flow next year?
TRAVEL: Your year might need a boost in the form of a vacation. The Rabbit loves all things luxurious and sensual, so use your imagination. Plan out some weekend getaways to feed your hunger for the road.

Sheep

Creative and esoteric. Introspective, artistic, high-strung, sensitive, lavish, luxurious, indulgent.
Years: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

CAREER: It might be time to show off your intellectual prowess. You’ll have the ability to make strides at work, but not without a little elbow grease. Channel your energies into something that suits your character.
RELATIONSHIPS: The Rabbit enhances your softness and sensitivity in love relationships, making this a year for the books. Relationships should be peaceful and fulfilling. Use this time to express your love and gratitude.
HEALTH: If you’re in mental and emotional good spirits, this should have a positive effect on your physical health. Get out in nature and commune with the earth. Fresh air, trees, and sunshine will do wonders for you.
WEALTH: This year could be particularly kind to your bank account. If money comes your way this year, you might want to get the help managing it. Put some away, give a little away, put a little towards an adventure this summer.
TRAVEL: This could be your year to take a real journey to somewhere far away. You might have some important revelations through travel this year, so make an effort to uproot yourself for a bit. Take a friend or family member with you.

Monkey

Charming and energetic. Fun, active, upbeat, witty, curious, carefree, self-indulgent.
Years: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

CAREER: Stay proactive and offer to take on more. Your dedication won’t go unnoticed. Try to stay put for now, even if you’re restless. Anything you can do to make work more fun will probably help you stay productive.
RELATIONSHIPS: The land of love may be rife with conflict this year. You might need to be more sensitive. Your Monkey antics aren’t understood by all. If you’re single, someone might feel like getting serious with you. Are you ready?
HEALTH: Remember that children’s song about monkeys jumping on the bed? Make sure you don’t bonk your head. Take care of your health so you don’t end up missing out on play time. Make sure you get outdoors enough.
WEALTH: While you might not see tangible rewards yet, your efforts now will bear fruit later. Make sure you’re saving — you could meet with some unexpected expenses this year. Try not to spend on frivolous things.
TRAVEL: You’re probably itching for a vacation, aren’t you? It might not be wise to plan a lengthy getaway. Try to find a bargain through a travel agent or discount website. You might find a great deal if you plan ahead.

Rooster

Practical and resourceful. Observant, straightforward, open, well-groomed, neat, conservative, loyal.
Years: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

CAREER: Try not to let your frustrations about work get the best of you. Your hard work will amount to something. Is your perfectionism slowing down your work? Let go a little and trust that you’re doing a good job.
RELATIONSHIPS: Things might get a little ornery at home this year. It could be time to bite your tongue and practice the art of agreement. Keep it to yourself as much as possible. Remember that a relationship is not a contest.
HEALTH: You might be so busy with other things this year that you neglect your hygiene and health. Try not to let things slide. Eat healthy, get exercise and plenty of rest — take care of the basics this year.
WEALTH: You may not win the lottery or discover gold in the hills, but you could see some luck come your way. If you do happen to increase your cash flow, better put it away for a rainy day. Risks are not advised this year.
TRAVEL: You and the Rabbit share a love of the refined, so you may feel like going somewhere exotic. You might not have many opportunities this year. If you find a window, book it early on in the year.

Dog

Loyal, faithful and honest. Ethical, trustworthy, discreet, just, stubborn, discerning, guarded.
Years: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

CAREER: Your superiors in the workplace probably value how dependable and hard-working you are. This year you’ll outshine the competition and breeze through work like it’s the easiest thing on earth.
RELATIONSHIPS: Babies, weddings and engagements might be part of your life this year. If you’re single, you might find a compatible mate to curl up with after a hard day’s work. Be open to putting your heart on the line.
HEALTH: Your sensitivities could be heightened by the Rabbit’s influence this year. Make sure you’re taking good care of yourself. It might be a good idea to visit the doctor. Give yourself plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation.
WEALTH: Your bank account should get a boost in 2011. Think about ways to spend your money wisely. Put your dollars toward something useful and satisfying. There should be enough left over to have fun with too.
TRAVEL: If you’re a typical Dog, you may prefer the front of the fireplace over bad hotel pillows. Consider a trip this year anyway. Traveling will rejuvenate your spirits and make you grateful for what you have at home.

Pig

Giving and honorable. Mannered, tasteful, perfectionist, luxurious, magnanimous, intelligent, exclusive.
Years: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

CAREER: Lifelong dreams can be realized this year, so reach for yours with confidence. Don’t be surprised if your efforts are greatly rewarded. You’ve waited a long time for this. Enjoy the well-deserved recognition.
RELATIONSHIPS: You might finally find domestic bliss in 2011. Make sure you’ve worked out all the kinks in your relationship before you set things in stone. If you’re single, you might meet a special someone this year.
HEALTH: If you’re a typical Pig, you might be tempted to overindulge, especially in celebration. You’ll need strength and stamina to get through this year. Make sure you don’t tax your system by having too good of a time!
WEALTH: Hard work during the year of the Tiger should bring money your way. Make a list of things you want to buy, do, or see. Figure out what is feasible, and put away the money now. There should be enough to go around.
TRAVEL: This year could be a good time to roam uncharted lands. Indulge your love of sun, food, wine and beautiful things. Capture all your favorite moments — this is a year you’ll want to remember.

Rat

Clever and quick-witted. Disarming, charming, funny, self-promoting, persuasive, generous, quick-tempered.
YEARS: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

CAREER: The Rabbit encourages yielding to emotions, but you probably do best when you use logic. This is a time for presenting a soft face to the people you work with. The more Rabbit-like you are, the better your chances.
RELATIONSHIPS: You might be in for a roller-coaster ride. There are going to be some unforgettable moments, but there will also be stressful times. Diplomacy and compromise will get you a lot further than standing your ground.
HEALTH: You probably tell it like it is, unlike the diplomatic Rabbit. That can mean stress and anxiety. Don’t take chances with your health. Be faithful to your exercise program. You know what to eat — don’t be tempted.
WEALTH: Finance is likely to be your best area this year. You need to be careful and not let yourself become distracted or disheartened. Self-control is your best ally. Yield to emotions, and you could miss your big chance.
TRAVEL: Go Rabbit style — give yourself the first-class treatment. This is not the time for roughing it. Enjoy a leisurely pace. The more you try to do, the less you are likely to have a good time. Stay close to home, and do not go away for too long.

Ox

Steadfast and solid, a born leader. Methodical, tireless, introverted, stubborn, affectionate, honorable.
Years: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

CAREER: You’re no stranger to hard work, and this year will require your steadfast focus. Keep relationships with colleagues and clients in good shape. Smile, even on your bad days. Try being more of a team player.
RELATIONSHIPS: The Rabbit is strong and stubborn like you, so your relationships might feel strained. You might not show your sensitive side to everyone, but can you show it more to your loved ones? Heal rifts with friends or family.
HEALTH: 2011 is a good time to make sure you’re eating healthy. If you have any long-standing health issues, it’s time to address them. Diet is one piece of the puzzle, but consider the other factors that encourage balance and wellness.
WEALTH: Make sure you jump at opportunities at favorable times, but exercise caution at others. Your Oxen diligence will reap the most rewards. Avoid get-rich-quick schemes and just let your talents bring prosperity.
TRAVEL: Make sure wherever you go is luxurious and relaxing. If you have some extra cash, make it a vacation to remember. Do new things and taking lots of pictures. Otherwise, make your nest orderly and beautiful.

Tiger

Magnetic and self-possessed. Charming, courageous, seductive, noble, emotional, sensitive.
Years: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

CAREER: Stay under the radar and continue on your current career path. A change might be on the horizon, but not one of your own making. It’s best to direct your energy toward overtime, not decisions about switching jobs.
RELATIONSHIPS: You’ll probably have to deal with a few mood swings this year. Under the Rabbit’s influence, it’s a good time to be diplomatic. A friend or lover might come to your rescue when you need it most — express your gratitude.
HEALTH: If you’re a typical Tiger, you probably go, go, go until you can’t go anymore. The Rabbit favors peace and quiet, so consider how to make your life more relaxing. Your health will benefit from the take-it-easy approach.
WEALTH: You have the Tiger’s luck on your side — have any money-making ideas up your sleeve? The Rabbit’s love of luxury might tempt you to buy lavish things. Don’t give in. Your money is better spent on necessities.
TRAVEL: There’s a difference between a deserved vacation and a hasty escape from reality. If you need to bounce, consider weekend trips instead of a long and expensive getaway. Plan them now and put them on the calendar.

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